‘American Animals’ New Trailer: Rare Books are Targeted by Thieves

The newest trailer for the dramatic thriller American Animals delves further into the preparation of the art heist at the heart of the story. Based on true events, American Animals comes from writer/director Bart Layton and is set to open in theaters on June 1, 2018.

The cast includes Evan Peters (American Horror Story, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk), Blake Jenner (The Edge of Seventeen, Everybody Wants Some!), Jared Abrahamson (Travelers), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Leftovers), and Udo Kier (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot).

The Plot: American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky.

Spencer (Keoghan) is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists – suffering. His closest friend, Warren (Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way. But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the same town, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer’s college Library.

Enlisting two more friends, accounting major Eric (Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Although some of the group begin to have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its own. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.

American Animals Trailer
Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters star in ‘American Animals.’